Serving as a mercenary in the Congo, Harry was reluctantly forced to assassinate several ‘enemies of the state’. Later, in desperation, he committed a murder to free himself from the shackles of an evil intelligence Corps who were bent on murdering him when they no longer needed his services. He then had to escape the Congo at great risk, fleeing from his impending murderer.
Later, he joined the Rhodesian Army Special Forces as a clandestine operator and, in unexpected and unusual circumstances, encountered a former mercenary conspirator.
Returning to the Congo years later, his life was irredeemably changed by a surprising chance encounter which gave him closure. An action packed and electrifying story of predatory mercenaries, blood diamonds, murder and revenge, and a very hazardous and thrilling escape.
Barry Stranack was born in April 1945, he was institutionalized in St Martin’s boy’s home in Durban which was a breeding ground to become a tough and determined personality. Later, these harsh life experiences led him to become an 8th Dan karate black belt. He left school with a poor education that impoverished his career choices. After many difficult experiences Barry ended up homeless as a teenager and chose to join the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Here he excelled as a soldier, he became bored with peacetime soldiering and became a mercenary in the Congo.
He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He later joined the famous Selous Scouts and became a clandestine operator. He left the army in 1980 and went overseas and qualified as a Chiropractor, has a diploma in Roentgenology, has a Master’s degree and studied medicine in the Dominican Republic.
His first book, Demand a Brave Heart, his biography, describes his difficult and successful life, that he has led. His Military and Intelligence background make for riveting reading in his Spy novels.
Barry is currently semi-retired and resides in Pretoria. His difficult, dangerous and exciting life-experiences make him a spellbinding storyteller.